‘Practice makes you perfect’ - As old as the quote may be, it has never been more relevant than in today’s competitive world. The competition for admissions to the medical field has become too intense. As opined by many medical aspirants, it is not the toughness of the medical entrance exams which is as overwhelming, than the high competition which lies therein.
One frequently recommended way to reduce stress and get comfortable with medical entrance exams is by practicing sample papers and mock tests.
Practicing the NEET, AIIMS MBBS and JIPMER MBBS sample papers and mock tests helps to put candidates in a simulated environment similar to the one they will experience in the examination hall. While practicing the sample papers or mock tests, candidates can develop strategies to deal with the performance pressures, time limits and types and patterns of questions which would appear in any of the medical entrance exams, be it NEET, AIIMS or JIPMER.
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Why are the NEET, AIIMS and JIPMER sample papers important?
Frequently going through the sample papers of NEET, AIIMS and JIPMER and practicing the mock tests works due to four main reasons:
Practicing sample papers and mock tests reduces the stress faced by students to a large extent by enabling them to gain a good idea about how the actual exam paper would be like. Becoming familiar with the exam pattern thereby helps them in eliminating the fear of the unknown.
Secondly, there is always a high likelihood that questions from the preceding years may be asked in the current year’s exam. Therefore, candidates who solve a number of previous sample papers or attempt multiple mock tests are more likely to arrive at the correct answer in a jiffy.
Thirdly, sample papers and mock tests will allow candidates to clearly identify their strengths and weaknesses and spruce up accordingly.
Lastly, they help the candidates to develop a time-management strategy which will prevent them from unnecessarily wasting time on questions they are finding difficult to answer at a particular moment.
How to use the NEET, AIIMS and JIPMER sample papers and mock tests?
Regular practise is as important as smart practice. Now the question arises how to plan the practising of NEET 2018, AIIMS MBBS 2018 and JIPMER sample papers and mock tests so as to make the most out of them. Candidates can follow the below given strategies in order to ensure that their NEET, AIIMS and JIPMER sample paper and mock test practice works for them.
Be regular: It is important that candidates do not just randomly attempt sample papers or mock tests, but actually chart out a schedule for the same before proceeding. Regularity in practice, which can start with one sample paper/mock test in a day and increase in the days leading to the exam, will ensure candidates are constantly able to improve their speed, accuracy and confidence before appearing for any medical exam.
Practice with mindful dedication: Consider the sample papers and mock tests to be as important as the real exam papers and practice with full focus, concentration and seriousness. Giving your best shot at the time of practice enables you to realize your strengths and weaknesses better and translates to a better performance when it comes to the exam.
Be fully prepared: It will be futile to attempt sample papers and mock tests if you are already not thorough with the syllabus of the medical entrance you are appearing for. Ensure that you have completed studying all chapters at least once, and preferably revised once as well, because only then will you accurately know what is lacking when attempting the mock test or going through the sample paper.
Analyze and improve: The point of going through a sample paper or attempting a mock test is to understand the level of preparation you have achieved and how much is still left to be thorough with. Do not be afraid to make mistakes, but ensure that you note these down and go through the related topics and chapters later. Analyze each and every aspect of your answers when practicing with the sample papers to try and see where you can improve.
Focus on time management: NEET, AIIMS and JIPMER each have their own time limits and it is important to keep in mind how much time you have to answer a question in each. Practice with these exact same time constraints as it will only help you manage your time during the actual exam.
Don’t make the mistake of burning the midnight oil and putting efforts without planning it out. Work strategically, put yourself to test regularly and track your progress. A smart and systematic use of the NEET, AIIMS and JIPMER sample papers and mock tests is sure to yield benefits for candidates when they appear in these exams. All the best!